“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God.”
Rev. Erik Alsgaard
Rev. Erik Alsgaard — please, just call him Erik, he said — has served The United Methodist Church since 1984. He was graduated from United Theological Seminary in 1986 out of the former Detroit Conference. Erik is a native of Midland, Michigan (home of Dow Chemical), and is a huge fan of all Detroit sports teams, especially the Detroit Tigers, Lions, and Red Wings. He is married to Sheila George, who serves as Director of Communications and Marketing for Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. They have two children and five grandsons. Sheila and Erik love to travel, especially to Italy. They’ve been to Canada several times because that’s where Sheila was born. They’ve also traveled to Germany, Belgium, England, Wales, the Netherlands, and South Africa.
Erik has served at every level of the church, from being a local church pastor, working at the Annual Conference level, to serving as Assistant General Secretary for Communications at the General Board of Church and Society in Washington. He’s attended every General Conference since 1992, eight in total, serving the church as a reporter/photographer for various Annual Conferences and organizations. Erik comes to Community UMC after serving eight years as Managing Editor/Social Media Editor for the Baltimore-Washington Conference. He’s also served churches in Michigan and Florida. While living in Florida, Erik learned how to drive the Monorail at Walt Disney World, which he did from 2007 to 2010.
Erik’s passion is learning about and sharing the story of the people called United Methodist, and how God has transformed their lives so that they, too, transform the world through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Junghoon (John) Park
Junghoon (John) Park plays the piano during services here at Community, bringing hymns to life. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and has participated in a variety of music festivals and competitions, such as the National Music Festival, Wonderlic Competition, Liszt-Garrison Competition, and International Keyboard Institute Festival.
John has recently been awarded a Special Honors award from the 2016 Paderewski Competition in Hartford, CT, and has participated in the Premio Scriabin Competition in Grosseto, Italy and 2017 International Chopin Competition in Hartford, CT. He was also selected among the top 12 live performers in the New York Piano Festival and Competition in July 2017. John has been selected as the 2018 Rising Star for his stirring rendition of Earl Wild’s “Etude No. 4”, based on the George Gershwin standard “Embraceable You”.